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Shelly Sterling Wants to Keep LA Clippers
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Shelly Sterling Wants to Keep LA Clippers

May 8 2014, 10:28pm CDT | by

Shelly Sterling, wife of embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, intends to keep ownership of the team.

Shelly Sterling, wife of embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, intends to keep ownership of the team. ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reports on May 8 that Shelly Sterling plans...

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Shelly Sterling Wants to Keep LA Clippers

May 8 2014, 10:28pm CDT | by

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Shelly Sterling, wife of embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, intends to keep ownership of the team.

Shelly Sterling, wife of embattled Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling, intends to keep ownership of the team.

ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne reports on May 8 that Shelly Sterling plans to continue owning the Clippers, which has been the case for the past 34 years: 

"Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling confirmed Wednesday that she intends to keep ownership of the team in her family despite the NBA's move to oust her estranged husband, Donald Sterling, who was banned for life by commissioner Adam Silver last week in the wake of racist remarks he made that were published by TMZ. 

"Shelly Sterling has been a co-owner of the Clippers with her husband since 1981 and is one of two alternate governors. The other, team president Andy Roeser, began an indefinite leave of absence Tuesday. The team is owned by a family trust. 

"'Commissioner Silver made it clear, that when he announced sanctions against Donald, that the NBA was taking no action against me or my family,' Shelly Sterling said in a statement given to ESPN.

"She has hired attorney Pierce O'Donnell to represent her interests as the league moves to terminate her husband's ownership of the team. 

"'She will not agree to a forced or involuntary seizure of her interest,' O'Donnell said Thursday. 'As her lawyers we will fight vigorously to defend her property rights.' 

"O'Donell also told The Associated Press that Shelly Sterling has been separated from her husband for the past year and is considering divorce. 

"Silver said last week that no decisions had been made regarding members of the Sterling family other than Donald." 

Donald Sterling owns a 50 percent share of the team while his wife owns the other 50 percent, according to The Los Angeles Times, citing the Sterling Family Foundation. 

For its part, the NBA has dropped hints it is uncomfortable having Shelly Sterling as a Clippers owner, per The Los Angeles Times

"The NBA has sent signals that it is uncomfortable with Shelly Sterling's continued presence in the organization. The league let her know that it would prefer that she not attend playoff games Friday and Sunday at Staples Center against the Oklahoma City Thunder, said the NBA source. But league officials privately acknowledge that they do not know how they can prevent her from attending. 

"Even if she is not included in the owners' vote to force a sale, analysts said she might still need the approval of the 29 other owners before she can take over the team. That bid could come complicated by the fact that she, like her husband, has been accused of racial bias and other misdeeds in lawsuits related to the family's expansive real estate holdings." 

Clippers head coach Doc Rivers told Shelburne "it would be a very hard situation" if Shelly Sterling retains ownership of the team. 

"I don't even want to comment on it because I don't know yet. I think it would be a very hard situation, I'll say that much. I think it would be very difficult. I guarantee you every person wouldn't be on board with it. 

"Whether I would or not, I'm not going to say, I just know that would be a very difficult situation for everybody." 

Clippers guard Willie Green would rather not delve into specifics when The Los Angeles Times asked him to comment on the issue. For now, it would be best for the team to focus on the ongoing playoff series against the Oklahoma City Thunder.

He said, "I just think it would be inappropriate to respond at this time. We're trying to focus on the playoffs and not have any distractions." 

In yet another Los Angeles Times report, civil rights groups are threatening to boycott the Clippers should Shelly Sterling still be owner. 

"Shelly Sterling's intention to hold on to the Clippers in the wake of the NBA's plan to force her husband, Donald Sterling, to sell the team has brought a strong response from Los Angeles civil rights groups, which say they will call for a boycott of the team if she does not 'stand down.'

"Earl Ofari Hutchinson, president of the Los Angeles Urban Policy Roundtable, said in a statement that 'Shelly Sterling's history of bigoted actions and racist remarks has been well-documented and is every bit as odious as her husband Donald Sterling's bigotry.'

"Hutchinson, along with a coalition of a dozen civil rights leaders, said that 'if Shelly Sterling retains ownership of the Clippers or even a presence at Clippers games and in its operations, the call by the NBA and its players for Sterling to give up ownership would be worse than a hollow victory, it would be an affront to the players and the black community.'

"Hutchinson said that her playing a role in operations of the team would be cause for a renewed call for a boycott of Clippers games."

Silver issued a lifetime ban as well as a $2.5 million fine on Sterling on April 29 for racist comments he made in a recorded conversation with his girlfriend, V. Stiviano.  

 
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1 week ago

Doc Rivers Has "No Problem" With Shelly Sterling's Arrangement With the Clippers

Aug 20 2014 12:10pm CDT | Source: The Big Lead

Doc Rivers was a guest on Mike & Mike (Cris Carter was filling in for Golic) this morning, and was asked if he was comfortable with Shelly Sterling’s ongoing relationship with the Clippers franchise. “Yeah, she’s not involved,” Rivers said. “She gets tickets. She gets to go to games. That’s not being involved. If that [means her relationship with the franchise is official], then every season ticketholder is involved. She’s ...
Source: The Big Lead   Full article at: The Big Lead
 

 
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1 week ago

LA Clippers Owner Steve Ballmer Goes Nuts at Fan Rally (VIDEO)

Aug 19 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: slamonline

New LA Clippers team owner Steve Ballmer is definitely not Donald Sterling. Ballmer turned a fan rally Monday into one of his infamous speeches for Microsoft employees. Ballmer promised Clippers fans the world, and hilariously made his players a tad uncomfortable as he screamed and ranted for more than 10 minutes. Per the LA Times: “She and me and the NBA all agreed she can come to games as part of the purchase consideration and that’s quite reasonable,” said Ballmer, whose $2-billion acquis ...
Source: slamonline   Full article at: slamonline
 

 
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1 week ago

Steve Ballmer, Clippers Start Washing Away Stain of Donald Sterling Era

Aug 18 2014 6:34pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

LOS ANGELES — April 29, 2014 feels like a distant memory now for the Los Angeles Clippers and their fans, and not just because that day came four months ago. That was the day that thousands of Clippers fans shuffled ambivalently through LA Live, past angry protesters and into Staples Center for Game 5 of the team's first-round playoff series against the Golden State Warriors—their first home game in the aftermath of Donald Sterling's exp ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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1 week ago

Justin Timberlake takes a shot at Donald Sterling

Aug 14 2014 7:12am CDT | Source: Washington Post Sports

The only Sterling left in the vicinity of the Staples Center is the Los Angeles Clippers’ “No. 1 fan” Shelly Sterling after the completion of the team’s sale to Steve Ballmer, but Justin Timberlake couldn’t resist one last jubilant jab on the team’s h ...
Source: Washington Post Sports   Full article at: Washington Post Sports
 

 
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2 weeks ago

NBA Rumors: Latest Buzz on Doc Rivers, Greg Monroe and More

Aug 13 2014 8:21pm CDT | Source: Bleacher Report

The NBA offseason is beginning to wind down, and with it has come a slowing of the previously torrential flood of rumors. Throughout the league, teams have wrapped up their business and are focusing on the upcoming season. Some, however, continue working behind the scenes to get those last few deals worked out in the next few weeks. Below are a few updates on two of the players whose futures remain up in the air and ...
Source: Bleacher Report  Full article at: Bleacher Report
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Sterling’s appeal to stop Clippers sale denied

Aug 13 2014 7:41pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling’s latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was shot down Wednesday by a California appeals court. The 2nd Appellate District Court issued a brief ruling Wednesday saying it couldn’t halt a sale that had been completed. "The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steven Ballmer has closed," the court wrote. "Thus, there is nothin ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Sterling’s appeal to stop Clippers sale denied

Aug 13 2014 7:41pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling’s latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was shot down Wednesday by a California appeals court. The 2nd Appellate District Court issued a brief ruling Wednesday saying it couldn’t halt a sale that had been completed. "The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steven Ballmer has close ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Sterling’s appeal to stop Clippers sale denied

Aug 13 2014 7:41pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling’s latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was shot down Wednesday by a California appeals court. The 2nd Appellate District Court issued a brief ruling Wednesday saying it couldn’t halt a sale that had been completed. "The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Stev ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Sterling’s appeal to stop Clippers sale denied

Aug 13 2014 7:41pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling’s latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was shot down Wednesday by a California appeals court. The 2nd Appellate District Court issued a brief ruling Wednesday saying it couldn’t halt a sale that had been completed. "The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Steven Ballmer has clo ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 
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2 weeks ago

Sterling’s appeal to stop Clippers sale denied

Aug 13 2014 7:41pm CDT | Source: Sportsnet.ca

LOS ANGELES — Donald Sterling’s latest effort to block the $2 billion sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was shot down Wednesday by a California appeals court. The 2nd Appellate District Court issued a brief ruling Wednesday saying it couldn’t halt a sale that had been completed. "The evidence before this court indicates the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers to Ste ...
Source: Sportsnet.ca   Full article at: Sportsnet.ca
 

 

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